At Least 14 Killed in Washington Landslide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE MONDAY 4:46PM:
OSO, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in Washington state has risen to 14.

Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Monday search and rescue crews discovered an additional six bodies. Dozens of people remained unaccounted for.

The huge wall of mud and debris swept through a small community north of Seattle late Saturday morning.

About two dozen homes were destroyed, and several people were critically injured.

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ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - There are concerns that the number of deaths from a mudslide over the weekend in Washington state will climb far above the eight people who've been confirmed dead so far.

A 1-square-mile mudslide on Saturday swept through part of a former fishing village about 55 miles north of Seattle. The list of people who've been reported missing or who are unaccounted for contains 108 names -- but authorities say that figure will probably decline dramatically.

In addition to those killed, several people were critically injured. About 30 homes were destroyed. The debris is blocking a 1-mile stretch of state highway.

The slide struck at a time of the weekend when most people are at home. Of the 49 structures in the neighborhood hit by the slide, authorities believe at least 25 were occupied full time.

Also possibly among the missing are construction workers coming into the neighborhood and people who were just driving by.

Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground that was made unstable by recent heavy rainfall.


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